event posters

Eye-catching vs. Eyesore

Sometimes less is more, especially in posters. They have to be interesting, quickly catch the eye of anyone walking past them intent on beating the rush to Starbucks or whatever, but at the same time the person glancing at them has be able to quickly read whatever information is there. Even if there’s a lot of information to cover, it shouldn’t all be jammed together so you can’t read it, (like those 4×6 flyers people pass out for parties on campus. “Neon” style letters are pretty much never the way to go). But there are exceptions to every rule. Here are some examples of what I’d call too much and just right.

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Interview with David D’Andrea

Juxtapoz sat down with poster artists David D’Andrea a couple of years ago for their (then upcoming) Fog Rising event in San Francisco. For such a short interview, it really has a lot of insight about D’Andrea’s design process and the relation of visual art to aural art. I recognize D’Andrea’s poster for Queens of the Stone Age, (they may be terrible but its still a sick poster). His aesthetic is one that would tell you what kind of music you’re going to go see by the style of the poster.Take a glance at it, tell me what you think.

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Event Posters: Tips & Inspiration

Posters are a boundary-crossing type of design. Since the invention of the lithographic press in the 1800’s they’ve  been the art of music and theater; today they’re used to let you know about everything from films to societal protest. To be effective, posters have to do several things effectively: they have to catch your eye and tell you all the important important information quickly. To be great, posters have to stick in your head, (just like with normal advertising).

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